Sweden influences the EU

Free movement is a cornerstone of EU cooperation. Mobility must go hand in hand with social security, a high level of employee protection and good working conditions for all employees, wherever they come from. Social dumping and abuse of the regulations on free movement must be prevented, so as to avoid unfair competitive advantages being gained by circumventing working environment regulations. The Government has successfully advocated giving more attention to social issues in EU cooperation.

Prime minister Stefan Löfven and minister for Employment and Integration, Ylva Johansson, at the informal European ministerial meeting in Stockholm on fair conditions in the labour market.
Prime minister Stefan Löfven and minister for Employment and Integration, Ylva Johansson, at the informal European ministerial meeting in Stockholm on fair conditions in the labour market. Photo: Sören Andersson/Government Offices

Article: The Swedish Government's overall EU priorities 2017
Article: EU priority – A Europe for jobs and inclusive growth

In June 2015, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met the heads of state and government of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands for a roundtable discussion on fair conditions in the labour market and measures to prevent social dumping.

"Ensuring fair conditions in the European labour market is a priority issue for the Government," says Mr Löfven.

Article: High level meeting on free movement and preventing social dumping
Speech: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s speech at the high-level meeting on fair conditions in the labour market

In September 2015, Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson hosted an informal ministerial meeting in Stockholm in which Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belgium, Italy and France took part. The purpose of the meeting was to exchange experiences and discuss ways forward to ensure fair working conditions for Europe's workers, while facilitating cross-border mobility.

Article: Informal european ministerial meeting in Stockholm on fair conditions in the labour market

The Posting of Workers Directive contains rules for people who are posted to another country by their employer to work there for a limited period. Together with several other countries, the Government has pushed to bring about an amendment of the Posting of Workers Directive. The principle should be 'equal pay for equal work' in accordance with applicable laws and collective agreements in the country where the work is temporarily performed, with respect for free movement.

"I welcome the proposal from the Commission as it would provide more equal treatment for posted workers and a level playing field for all European companies", says Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson.

Webcast: Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility comments the revision of the rules on posting of workers (European Commission website)
Webcast: Posted workers in the EU (European Commission website)
Article: Fair working conditions for posted workers